Thursday, February 1, 2018

Head Lice: No Match for Science and Medicine

It has become well known in the medical community that the most popular over-the-counter (OTC) head-lice treatment products are mostly ineffective. This is due to the fact that head lice in the United States and other countries have developed genetic resistance to the chemicals—pesticides—the products use.

Head Lice Resistant to Treatments Containing Pyrethroids

In the latest published research, released in the Journal of Medical Entomology in 2016, 98 percent of head lice in at least 42 states were found to have gene mutations that enable them to resist pyrethroids, the class of pesticides used by OTC lice products.
“There is nothing unique about lice becoming resistant to the pyrethroids,” John Clark, a professor of environmental toxicology and chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, told the website Live Science. “We have over 300 different insects that have become resistant to the pyrethroids, and many of those insects became resistant by acquiring these mutations exactly as the head louse has done.”
Clark and team studied samples of head lice from around the country after hearing reports that people were having trouble ridding children of lice using OTC products that had previously been effective.

Sciences vs. Head Lice

While Clark and other researchers are studying pyrethroid-resistant head lice; others are looking for new ways to fight the pests. A team of biologists at the University of Utah studying bird lice found it difficult to keep the insects alive in the arid desert climate. When one of the researchers’ children came home with head lice, the professor found that the OTC lice treatments didn’t work. The team believed that if they could recreate the arid conditions that killed lice in the lab, they could create a new kind of lice treatment product.
After a decade of research, the AirAllé medical device was born. The AirAllé device works by applying carefully controlled warm air using a specially designed applicator to dehydrate lice and eggs. It has been clinically proven to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs in a single treatment of about 90 minutes. There are no chemicals used, so it is equally effective against pyrethroid-resistant lice as it is against non-resistant lice.

FDA Cleared Medical Device

Clinical trial results were published in the medical journal Pediatrics in 2006, and updated and confirmed in the Journal of Medical Entomology in 2011, and the device was cleared by the FDA as a safe and effective treatment for head-lice.
The AirAllé device delivers warm air at just the right temperature to just the right location for just the right amount of time to kill lice and eggs. A microprocessor controls the air temperature and flow, and a certified technician moves the applicator to deliver the air to the hair and scalp.
AirAllé treatment is now available through Lice Clinics of America professional treatment centers where treatments are guaranteed to be effective. The response to the availability of safe, fast, chemical-free, and guaranteed lice removal has been swift and dramatic. Book your appointment now.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

5 Reasons Your Head Lice Won’t Go Away and What to Do About It

Some 6-12 million people are afflicted with head lice each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many end up struggling with head lice for weeks, months, or even years. Why are head lice so difficult to get out of your life?  5 Reasons Your Head Lice Won’t Go Away and What to Do About It:
  1. Over-the-counter treatments don’t work. The resistance of head lice to the most popular drugstore products is well-researched and well-documented. The most recent report, issued in 2016, found that most lice in 42 states are now resistant to pyrethroids.   Pyrethroids are the active ingredient in over-the-counter lice products.
  2. Nitpicking is subject to human error. The most effective alternative to drugstore lice products has traditionally been nitpicking. This is the process of combing out live lice, then playing a daunting cat-and-mouse game with the lice eggs (nits). They are tiny—about the size of sesame seed—and they attach themselves with the insect equivalent of superglue to hair shafts. The problem is, that if you miss a single nit, they will hatch, then live lice will multiply again, and you’ll have a fresh infestation.
  3. Failing to get every member of the household checked. Too often, parents assume that the child that was found to have lice at school or daycare is the only one with lice. That’s unlikely. Because lice spread primarily from close head-to-head contact or from shared hair accessories like brushes, it’s common for the entire family to contract head lice, including parents! If only one person in the family is checked and treated, the lice will likely come back to that person from another family member.
  4. Home remedies are unproven at best, dangerous at worst. You can search the Internet for lice solutions and find mommy-bloggers and others that swear by home treatments like mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, olive oil, and even kerosene. The methods vary, but in general, this involves covering a child’s head with one of these substances overnight, which also means covering the kid’s head with some kind of plastic wrap. First, a child sleeping with plastic on its head risks suffocation. Second, substances like kerosene are highly flammable and should not be used.

Now the Good News

There are two surefire ways to rid anyone of head lice. First, is shaving the head of the person with lice. No hair, no lice! But that’s not going to go over well with most kids. Now, however, there is the AirAllé® medical device, cleared by the FDA and clinically proven to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of nits in a single session. The AirAllé® device uses only heated air to dehydrate lice and eggs—an ingenious approach that bypasses the hassles and risks of traditional treatments. The results are guaranteed when all family members are checked for lice and all infested family members are treated.
The AirAllé® treatment is available exclusively at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers throughout the world. There are more than 150 clinics in the United States and another 100 or so in 20 other nations. Lice Clinics of America is the largest and fastest-growing professional lice removal service in the world.
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